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Canada, Israel Pursue Free Trade

Canada and Israel are planning a new round of talks aimed at reaching a free- trade agreement.

David Berger, Canada’s ambassador to Israel, announced this week that the two sides plan to hold three days of negotiations starting Jan. 6 in Tel Aviv. Berger said it is uncertain if a free-trade agreement would include agricultural as well as industrial products.

Israeli Agricultural Minister Ya’akov Tsur opposes a resumption of the talks, arguing that a free-trade accord with Canada would harm Israeli farmers farmers without bringing them substantial benefits.

But Berger said an accord could be reached despite Tsur’s opposition. Appointed to the post in July, Berger is Canada’s second Jewish ambassador to Israel.

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